You Will Need A Brooder
What is a brooder you ask?
a heated house for chicks or piglets.
A brooder is the home to chicks until they are old enough and big enough to be moved. You can make an easy brooder using a large plastic container, a brooder light and bulb and litter in the bottom to keep them clean and from slipping around on the plastic.
After you get their brooder prepared and ready for the chicks, you will need to have a few more supplies on hand. You will need a feeder and a waterer. Personally, I like the waterer bottom you can buy that attaches to a mason jar. It's small enough to fit inside without taking up a lot of room. I like to buy the long slender feeding tray with a cover to keep the chicks from walking all over and polluting their feed. However, sometimes you have to use what you have so a small shallow dish works with food and you can purchase a waterer at your local feed store.
You will need a special feed for chicks. They need medicated chick starter and will remain on this diet for a few weeks. How long you ask? Chicks should be fed starter feed until they are eight weeks old. At this point, you can switch their feed to Starter/Grower feed. At eighteen weeks, you can switch them to Layer Feed to help them produce healthy eggs.
- a disease of birds and mammals that chiefly affects the intestines, caused by coccidia.
Coccidia is a nasty issue caused by a parasitic protozoa. It causes runny stools and dehydration and it can kill a chick in a matter of hours.
Feeding chicks medicated feed does not protect the chicks from this condition it only prevents it. Keeping chicks in clean and healthy conditions will help to prevent any health issues in chicks.
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